We’ve all had nights were one too many drinks get consumed and before you know it you attract an obese whale who follows you back home for some um “coffee.” In the case of Miss Kobayashi however an evening of overindulgence resulted in the bespectacled programmer cohabitating with a dragon, rather than a marine mammal. After a strenuous day at the office Kobayashi unwinds with a few brews leaving her completely plastered. Due to her drunken stupor she misses her stop and ends up taking the train all the way up to the nearby mountains. There she finds an injured dragon named Tohru who she saves from death by extracting the holy blade protruding from her scaly torso. Smitten by her saviour, Tohru decides to permanently migrate over to the human realm and become Kobayashi’s servant.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a thirteen-episode anime based on the manga created by Coolkyoushinja (whose previous works include the amusingly titled I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying.) This charming slice of life comedy follows the reserved Miss Kobayashi as she settles into the routine of living with a reptilian maid. As one may expect Tohru’s housekeeping is unconventional to say the least. She cleans Kobayashi’s unmentionables by shoving them down her gullet, dusts the apartment by using sorcery rather than a broom and when mealtime rolls along she serves dishes of roasted dragon tail (I’m guessing it tastes like chicken.) Kobayashi’s once quiet life is turned upside down by Tohru’s antics and things only get livelier when other magical lizards relocate from their fantasy world to Japan as well.
The first visitor is a petite dragon named Kanna Kamui, who Kobayashi later adopts. Kanna resembles a cute kindergartener and is for all intends and purposes this show’s Renge Miyauchi (Non Non Biyori.) After a while Tohru’s pals Fafnir and Lucoa show up to pay their friend a visit. Fafnir initially dislikes humans, but that gradually changes when he boards with Kobayashi’s geeky co-worker Makoto Takiya. Under his roof the wicked dragon is seduced by the allure of MMOs and manga. Lucoa also ends up finding a human roommate in the form of underage mage Shōta Magatsuchi. The bashful wizard mistakes Lucoa for a succubus, as she appeared before him during a demon summoning ritual. Lucoa’s skimpy attire and tendency to motorboat the youngster, with her ginormous breasts, does little to quash Shōta’s assumptions.
I am awarding Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid a score of four and a half stars. Usually when I watch anime I limit myself to a couple of episodes per sitting, but with this series I couldn’t resist marathoning the first ten. Early on I was hooked, as each instalment would introduce an interesting new character to the mix. Once the full cast was established the series retained my undivided attention thanks to the consistently funny humour and heart-warming moments that revolve around the Kobayashi/Tohru/Kanna family unit. The last two episodes don’t quite match the quality of the previous eleven, but they aren’t terrible by any means. For me the twelfth episode was a bit slow, as it dealt with Tohru’s backstory. Episode thirteen on the other hand suffered from fewer gags due to the necessity of concluding the season with some domestic drama.
One creative choice that elevates Dragon Maid over other anime would have to be the gender of Miss Kobayashi. Had the series been titled Mr Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid we may well have gotten a less appealing harem show were the sexy dragons bicker for the protagonist’s affections. That’s not to say that Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is devoid of fan service though. Miss Kobayashi may be sensibly dressed and realistically proportioned, but the same cannot be said of the other girls. Tohru’s rival Elma for example is stacked (no guessing where the fat from her calorie rich snacks ends up.) Lucoa as previously mentioned is blessed with massive mammaries and Tohru herself is no slouch in the chest department. I had to chuckle when Kobayashi asked what Tohru’s bra size is. “D” she replies, “It stands for Dragon.”